Elinor Frerichs (91) has been confined and isolated for two years. Acting on unlawful instructions from conservator Scott Phipps, assisted living facility Lakeside Park denied visitors and phone calls. Phipps told Elinor’s family and friends that Elinor did not wish to see them.
This Examiner met with Elinor on September 3 and September 5, 2014. Elinor reported that she very much wished to see her family and friends. Elinor was vehement in her statements that she did not wish Phipps to continue as her conservator.
He is a bastard. I’ll tell the judge he is a bastard.
I want him gone anyway I can arrange it.
California’s Notice of Conservatee’s Rights states Elinor’s right to ask the judge to replace Phipps as her conservator. The Notice also states Elinor’s right to ask the judge to end the conservatorship. Elinor stated her wish to attend the September 12, 2014 hearing on her case. Elinor said she wished to address the court and ask to have Phipps removed.
On September 8, 2014, Boomers against Elder Abuse sent Phipps the following email, urging him to respect Elinor’s rights and allow her to attend her court hearing on September 12, 2014.
Dear Mr. Phipps
It has come to the attention of the 69,000 followers of Boomers Against Elder Abuse that you are petitioning the court for further isolation of 91 year old Elinor Frerich, preventing her from receiving unrestricted visits from her loved ones. We have read documents concerning this case, and urge you to remove yourself as conservator if Elinor wishes it–this can only be determined by her presence at her own hearing. We also ask you to cease restricting her rights in a way that appears retaliatory. Your actions in restricting visits by her husband, and your animosity toward him on record, could even be perceived by some to be racially motivated. I urge you to repair your public image by demonstrating compassion and concern for Elinor’s wishes and rights. We are watching this case with great interest, hoping that you will do the right thing by properly respecting the rights and wishes of an elder under your supervision, and her husband.
Boomers Against Elder Abuse
Phipps disregarded Boomers’ request, just as he ignored Elinor’s rights and wishes. Phipps kept Elinor locked away during the September 12, 2014 court hearing on her case. Elinor had no means to ask the judge to have Phipps removed. Elinor remains confined and isolated. Phipps retains total control over Elinor’s life.
Readers may contact Scott Phipps to express their concerns for Phipps’ violations of Elinor’s rights.
Readers may contact the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to express their concerns about unbridled elder abuse and flagrant violation of rights within their jurisdiction.
District 1: Scott.Haggerty@acgov.org
District 2: Richard.Valle@acgov.org
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